Hello, World! My name is Alejandro Duarte, and I recently joined the Developer Relations team at MariaDB—a team that focuses on helping developers to achieve their goals. We create content and example applications (check them out) that you can directly use in your projects and serve as inspiration for all the cool things that you are building. We also write technical articles, record videos, and speak at conferences. So I’m truly looking forward to meeting you online or in person in the near future!
Before joining MariaDB, I worked for Vaadin, a company that builds a Java web framework with the same name. I also happen to be the author of three books about this framework. At Vaadin, I worked in Developer Relations writing technical articles and videos about their technologies. My plan is to create this kind of content now for MariaDB. And again, I’d love to hear from you on the topics you would be interested in. Please let me know that too!
My first contact with MariaDB was several years ago when I joined a team that used it in development and production. Most recently, I had the chance to rediscover MariaDB and some of its capabilities, and I have to say it was a “wow” moment! Especially while playing with the ColumnStore engine and realizing the enormous performance in speed it offered when compared to InnoDB. Here’s an example:
SELECT author, COUNT(id) FROM book GROUP BY author HAVING COUNT(id) > 5; -- 20 s 218 ms
SELECT author, COUNT(id) FROM book GROUP BY author HAVING COUNT(id) > 5; -- 1 s 93 ms
~20 seconds vs ~2 seconds!
I was so excited that I wrote an article and recorded a video about it. In fact, I was so impressed that I started following MariaDB Corporation closely and soon realized there was a job opportunity for a Developer Advocate. After going through the selection process, it was a no-brainer. MariaDB touches the lives of billions of people. From banking and online shopping to music platforms and Wikipedia, MariaDB is the backbone of applications used every day. By joining MariaDB I’ll be able to help more developers.
On the personal side, I’m Colombian but live in Finland. So, in case you are in these countries or nearby, it’d be great to meet up and talk about technology or any topics really, if conditions permit. Also, in case we share hobbies, I like photography (mostly taking photos of buildings during the night) and playing the electric guitar.
Feel free to contact me via email, Twitter, LinkedIn, or my personal blog. My MariaDB journey is only starting, but I’m already excited to join such an amazing open-source community and start showing you some of the cool things you can build on top of MariaDB!